Left tackle Jeff Backus sustained a thumb injury at practice Saturday in training camp.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz was unsure of the severity of Backus’ injury, saying further tests needed to be done.
“He hurt his thumb in one-on-one,” Schwartz said. “Went in and got x-rays. Didn’t return to practice. We’re going to wait and see what those looks like. It wasn’t real determinate right away, but there are some findings on there so we’ll look at it later this afternoon and see what comes of it. If it’s something long-term, we’ll let you know.”
Backus, who has started 176 consecutive games in an 11-year career, is coming off an injury to his left bicep that required surgery this offseason.
The Lions rotated Corey Hilliard, Jason Fox and Riley Reiff into first-team reps in Backus’ absence Saturday.
If it turns out the injury is severe like a broken finger, Schwartz said it wasn’t an injury that’s likely to force Backus to miss time in the regular season.
“Guys have played with a lot worse, but obviously it’s a training camp practice, we’re not going to push through a situation like that,” Schwartz said. “We’ll just wait and see.”
Backus returned to the sidelines later in practice and didn’t seem to be bothered by the injury.
Running back Mikel Leshoure grabbed at his hamstring in a team drill and shut it down the rest of practice. He said in the locker room that the injury was no big deal and that he was fine.
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